President Joseph R Biden Jr. 46th President of the United States

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President-elect Joe Biden has big plans. As his presidency moves through its four years, let's talk about the good and the bad of the administration's policies.

 

To get us started, from vaccines to stimulus checks: here's what's in Biden plan.

 

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President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy. The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with proposals on health care, education, labor and cybersecurity. Here's a look at what's in it:

CONTAINING THE VIRUS

— A $20 billion national program would establish community vaccination centers across the U.S. and send mobile units to remote communities. Medicaid patients would have their costs covered by the federal government, and the administration says it will take steps to ensure all people in the U.S. can receive the vaccine for free, regardless of their immigration status.

— An additional $50 billion would expand testing efforts and help schools and governments implement routine testing. Other efforts would focus on developing better treatments for COVID-19 and improving efforts to identify and track new strains of the virus.

INDIVIDUALS AND WORKERS

— Stimulus checks of $1,400 per person in addition to the $600 checks Congress approved in December. By bringing payments to $2,000 — an amount Democrats previously called for — the administration says it will help families meet basic needs and support local businesses.

— A temporary boost in unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures would be extended through September.

— The federal minimum wage would be raised to $15 per hour from the current rate of $7.25 per hour.

— An emergency measure requiring employers to provide paid sick leave would be reinstated. The administration is urging Congress to keep the requirement through Sept. 30 and expand it to federal employees.

— The child care tax credit would be expanded for a year, to cover half the cost of child care up to $4,000 for one child and $8,000 for two or more for families making less than $125,000 a year. Families making between $125,000 and $400,000 would get a partial credit.

— $15 billion in federal grants to help states subsidize child care for low-income families, along with a $25 billion fund to help child care centers in danger of closing.

SCHOOLS

— $130 billion for K-12 schools to help them reopen safely. The money is meant to help reach Biden's goal of having a majority of the nation's K-8 schools open within his first 100 days in the White House. Schools could use the funding to cover a variety of costs, including the purchase of masks and other protective equipment, upgrades to ventilation systems and staffing for school nurses. Schools would be expected to use the funding to help students who fell behind on academics during the pandemic, and on efforts to meet students' mental health needs. A portion of the funding would go to education equity grants to help with challenges caused by the pandemic.

— Public colleges and universities would get $35 billion to cover pandemic-related expenses and to steer funding to students as emergency grants. An additional $5 billion would go to governors to support programs helping students who were hit hardest by the pandemic.

 

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Joe Biden inauguration: Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez to perform

 

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Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are to perform at the inauguration ceremony for incoming US President Joe Biden.

 

Lady Gaga campaigned for Mr Biden during the election, appearing with him on the eve of the presidential election last November.

 

She will sing the national anthem at the ceremony on 20 January. Lopez, who also endorsed Mr Biden last year, will give a separate musical performance.

After the ceremony, Tom Hanks will host a star-studded televised special.

 

Titled Celebrating America, the 90-minute prime-time programme will also feature US musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons, and will be broadcast live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC.

 

Mr Biden's inaugural committee said it would "celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united" and "showcase the American people's resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild".

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55660110

 

 

Such a different tone...

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Have been wondering how CNN International, which has made no attempt to conceal its disapproval of Trump and his administration (e.g. noticed Jake Tapper a couple of months ago referring to Trump's children as Trump's "spawn") and seems to have been favouring commentators affiliated with or sympathetic to the Democrats over the last few years (e.g. whenever they interview a Congressman or Congresswoman they usually seem to be Democrats), will report on the Biden administration, whether they'll continue to be sympathetic or become more neutral, or even critical. Yesterday they were asking whether Biden's promise of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days was realistic, which surprised me a little.

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9 hours ago, Lorelei said:

Yesterday they were asking whether Biden's promise of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days was realistic, which surprised me a little.

As long as they ask hard but valid questions, I'm willing to hear them.

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Perhaps one reason is that there are far fewer vaccine doses available. Those that the Trump administration promised to ship soon turn out to be imaginary. I think Biden has already announced that this is a snafu.
Ooops - how did that happen?

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4 hours ago, katheliz said:

Perhaps one reason is that there are far fewer vaccine doses available. Those that the Trump administration promised to ship soon turn out to be imaginary. I think Biden has already announced that this is a snafu.
Ooops - how did that happen?

 

Oh eff. The Trump vaccine stockpile doesn't exist?

Why am I not really surprised that yet again a house of cards collapses and a tapestry of lies dissolves?

*feels slightly sick*

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19 hours ago, fraufruit said:

You can always watch Fox if you aren't interested in the truth.

 

 

Thanks a lot. I've been watching CNN International practically every day for years and wouldn't be doing so if I wasn't interested in the truth but have formed the impression that they're not always neutral, whereas I think the BBC is. That "spawn" comment isn't the kind of thing you'd hear from a BBC journalist. 

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54 minutes ago, Lorelei said:

whereas I think the BBC is

 

I dunno any more, They were famous for it, but now?

 

We watch Aljazeera these days. Which I also doubt is neutral, but it is thorough and not so Anglocentric.

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I've been watching CNN International more than usual lately, and to me it feels like they are trying their darnedest to keep you glued to their channel. 

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23 hours ago, fraufruit said:

You can always watch Fox if you aren't interested in the truth.

 

 

I will admit that I have watched Fox out of morbid curiosity, and that it is sometimes entertaining despite not intending to be (seeing Carlson and Hannity rant can sometimes be amusing, although I guess most of the viewership doesn't find it amusing and gets very angry along with the host).

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It looks like the Biden Inauguration is still on time in spite of the initial delays.

The Obamas just got applause as they walked out!

 

And on a side note: Eugene Goodman, the black Capitol Hill policeman who decoyed the mob away the the Senate chambers (giving them time to evacuate) at great risk to himself, has been promoted. He also will escort Harris at the ceremony.

 

Edit: Yes, I think Pence deserved the applause for attending as well.

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I'm looking at the bunting covering the windows at the Capitol, and wondering how many of them are still broken or hastily repaired.

 

Lady Gaga is singing the national anthem! With a golden microphone. :D

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A toast to our new President Joseph R. Biden!!!

 

And I hope Alex will forgive me that I just changed the title of this topic. :) :)

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